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Lambiase after first day in Bahrain: 'We will continue to focus on ourselves'

Published on 23 February 2023 by Niels Hendrix

Max Verstappen was able to complete almost three Grand Prix’s worth of laps during the first day of testing in Bahrain. The two-time Formula 1 world champion also topped the timesheets.

GianPiero Lambiase, head of race engineering Oracle Red Bull Racing, said: “Today was a promising start to the 2023 season as we were able to complete the planned program without major reliability concerns. Everyone's hard work over the winter has really paid off as the car hit the ground running in terms of balance, and we were able to concentrate on testing various broader aerodynamic and mechanical configurations to better understand the new platform as well as the subtlety modified tyre construction.”

There are two days of testing in Sakhir remaining. Lambiase continues: “We will continue to focus on ourselves and ensure we are as prepared for the first race as we can be by following a similar method over the next two days. There’s plenty of data analysis to do this evening, and then we look forward to Checo experiencing his first taste of the RB19 on Friday. For Max, he has just four hours remaining before his season kicks off, so he needs to recover well overnight.”